"Big Camera/ Little Camera" (1976)

"Big Camera/ Little Camera," 1976
Gelatin silver print, 5 1/4 x 8 inches.
© Laurie Simmons, courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York.

"I thought, ‘If I’m going to pick up this camera, even though I won’t call myself specifically a photographer, I’m going to learn the history. I’m going to read every book I can. I’m going to go to the Museum of Modern Art and look at their collection. I’m going to go to galleries and ask them to pull out works for me to see.’ I did that so that I could be conversant in the history and then start to play around with the camera in a way that was maybe a little bit less expected."
- Laurie Simmons